Indiana High Tunnel Initiative: Developing Extension-Farmer Partnerships for Education

2010 Annual Report for ENC08-106

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2008: $74,981.68
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Coordinator:
Amy Thompson
Purdue Extension

Indiana High Tunnel Initiative: Developing Extension-Farmer Partnerships for Education


The target audience for this project includes Purdue Extension Educators and other agency personnel (Natural Resources Conservation Service- NRCS, Soil and Water Conservation Districts – SWCD, etc) who work with producers either currently involved in or considering adoption of high tunnel production systems.

Objectives/Performance Targets

  • Increased Educator awareness and knowledge of high tunnel production opportunities and limitations, increased Educator and producer collaborative teaching events and resource development.

    Increased collaboration between Educators and producers on educational programs, increased number of programs, field days, publications and newsletter articles about high tunnels developed and presented, increased Educator skills in guiding producers through decisions about high tunnel production.


  • Presentations on Indiana High tunnel adoption and use were given at Extension Area meetings and the Illiana Vegetable School in January 2010.
    3 core team Producers shared their High Tunnel growing experience as part of a High Tunnel Production session at the Indiana Horticultural Congress in January 2010.
    10 Purdue Extension Educators attended High Tunnel programs at Indiana Horticultural congress in 2010, programs attended included high tunnel design, 12months of production, fruit production in high tunnels, pesticides application rules for high tunnels and high tunnel soil fertility
    As part of the Indiana Horticultural congress a number of grant team members including educators, specialists and producers met to discuss grant goals, production issues and other concerns.
    Data collected during the year continues to be complied and work on Case Study publications/resources continue to be developed. Transition from the blog to a website began in the fall of 2010.
    Two high tunnel focused field days were held on cooperators farms, one focused on fertility in high tunnels and plant nutrition and the other one focused on flower production

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

The number of participants at these presentations were as follows:
• Indiana Horticultural Congress
• Producer panel (3 grant team member producers) – 55 attendees including 8 Extension Educators
• Wish lists for your next high tunnel- 54 attendees including 8 Extension Educators
• Small fruits for high tunnel production- 33 attendees including 5 Extension Educators
• Clarifying rules for high tunnel pesticides applications – 52 attendees including 4 Extension Educators
• Creating a fertility management program for your high tunnel – 43 attendees including 6 Extension Educators
• Options for 12 months of production – 58 attendees including 8 Extension Educators.
• Illiana Vegetable Growers school – 65 attendees including 9 Extension Educators.
• Soil Fertility in High Tunnels Field Day – 35 attendees including 4 Extension Educators
• Flower Production Field day – 30 attendees including 5 Extension Educators
• Increasing interest and awareness of high tunnel production potential in Indiana has spawned additional programming related to high tunnels including session in Growing for Market webinar sponsored by Purdue Extension and delivered in the spring of 2010 with nearly 200 participating.


Mark Kepler

[email protected]
Extension Educator
Purdue University
1009 W. Third Street
Rochester, IN 46975
Office Phone: 5742233397
Kevin Cooley

[email protected]
Cooley Family Farm
24 N 900 E.
Lafayette, IN 47905
Office Phone: 7652968834
Jeannie Scheeringa

Scheeringa's Farms and Greenhouses
9436 Cline Ave
Griffith, IN 46319
Office Phone: 2198386369
Albert Armand

Harper Valley Farms
13094 S. Co. Rd. 600 West
Westport, IN 47283
Office Phone: 8125913416
Liz Maynard

[email protected]
Extension specialist
Purdue University
1401 US Highway 421
Westville, IN 46391
Office Phone: 2197855673
Dan Wilson

[email protected]
Extension Educator
Purdue University
545 S. 200 W.
Greensburg, IN 47420
Office Phone: 8126638388
Linda Chapman

[email protected]
Harvest Moon Flower Farm
3592 Harvest Moon Lane
Spencer, IN 47460
Office Phone: 8128293517
Jeff Phillips

[email protected]
Extension Educator
Purdue University
3150 Sagamore Parkway South
Lafayette, IN 47905
Office Phone: 7654740793
Stacy Herr

[email protected]
Extension Educator
Purdue University
401 East Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Office Phone: 7659739281
J. Alvin Stoltzfus

9445 Middle Road
Fountain City, IN 47431
Office Phone: 7658475009
Roy Ballard

[email protected]
Extension Educator
Purdue University
802 N. Apple St.
Greenfield, IN 46140
Office Phone: 3174621113
Titus Oberholtzer

20435 Michigan Rd
Argos, IN 46501